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Module

PSY3030 : Foundations in Forensic Psychology

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Nicole Adams-Quackenbush
  • Lecturer: Dr Carla Chivers, Dr Michelle Carr
  • Owning School: Psychology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

To provide students with an insight into the general area of forensic psychology and to develop critical understanding of:

how psychological research has been applied to understanding the causes of criminal behaviour, including the assessment and treatment of offenders, and:

the way such research can be used in an applied setting through investigative psychology.

Outline Of Syllabus

•       Introduction to forensic psychology
•       Theories of crime
•       Assessment and treatment of offenders
•       Psychological disorders e.g. Antisocial and Narcissistic Personality Disorders, Psychopathy.
•       Investigative and legal psychology

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials62:0012:00Non-synchronous online
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading160:0060:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops12:002:00Synchronous online - Skills practice - Functional Analysis Workshop
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery12:002:00Synchronous online - exam Q&A session
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery71:007:00Synchronous online: dedicated office hours
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study153:0053:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk12:002:00Present in person
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk12:002:00Synchronous online - Introduction lecture
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture materials and non-synchronous online structured learning activities will be used as the main way to impart knowledge and to stimulate interests in the topics. The private study time will allow students to carry out an in depth review of the knowledge imparted through lecture materials, to generate their own views on the topics and to follow these out by carrying out independent reviews of the literature, thereby taking control over their learning and preparing them for the unseen exam. The synchronous online workshop will give students the opportunity to apply their knowledge on assessment and treatment of offenders to an applied task and develop the skills necessary to undertake a functional analysis formulation of offender behavior. The functional analysis will be a formative group task.

The contact time for this module reflects the amount of preparation students are expected to do for the assessment (ECA).

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A10024 hour take home written exam comprising two ‘unseen’ essay questions from a choice of six (1000 words each)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Prof skill assessmnt1MSkills Practice - Functional Analysis Workshop - 2 hours synchronous online group task
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam essays will test their knowledge of the topic area, their understanding of their further reading, the ability for planning and organising material, their writing communication skills and their critical evaluation skills.
     
FMS Schools offering Semester One modules available as ‘Study Abroad’ will, where required, provide an alternative assessment time for examinations that take place after the Christmas vacation. Coursework with submissions dates after the Christmas vacation will either be submitted at an earlier date or at the same time remotely. The form of assessment will not vary from the original

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